Youth in Focus Seeks Community Engagement Coordinator

Youth in Focus Seeks Community Engagement Coordinator

Youth in Focus’ mission is to prepare the next generation of creative thinkers to meet the emerging needs of a global society, by amplifying teen voice through photography and arts education.

We believe all youth should have equitable access to quality arts education. We provide after-school, summer, and partner programs for teens aged 13-19 furthest from education justice defined as youth of color, youth facing poverty/housing insecurity, those for whom English is not their first language, and LGBTQ+ youth. We focus on Social & Emotional Learning, 21st century skills, and technical photography and digital media skills, to ensure students have the tools and confidence they need to succeed in education, life, and career. We offer pay-what-you can tuition and free bus passes to make our program accessible to all.

At Youth in Focus we value art as a powerful medium of change to create a healthy, vibrant, more equitable and just society for all. Through this work, we aim to confront and dismantle systemic oppression in all of its forms.

As we look to our future, Youth in Focus is committed to serving even more students furthest from education justice and continuing our work to become an anti-racist organization. Our supportive and inclusive community provides a sense of belonging and safety for youth, fostering positive connections between youth and caring adults.
We’re looking for someone who is excited to be a part of our mission! We value talents as much as skills, lived experience as much as education, and if you see yourself in this role given our qualifications, we strongly encourage you to apply.

We are looking for someone who can:
• Approach the need for growth with curiosity and possibility.
• Enthusiastically share our story in a variety of ways.
• Communicate both personal and programmatic needs and decision-making processes effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
• Lead with the need, offer grace, assume best intentions, and hold self and others accountable.
• Build and maintain relationships with staff, students, and program partners.
• Adapt to change, work through set-backs/challenges, and creatively solve problems as they arise.
• Commit to arts education and youth development as a means to education justice and creating a healthy, vibrant, and more just society.

Community Engagement: Connect with the community to increase awareness of and participation in Youth in Focus programming (30%)

Student Engagement: Connect with students and partners to increase awareness of and participation in Youth in Focus programming (30%)

Communications and Community Engagement: Maintain external communication channels to expand the reach and recognition of Youth in Focus (30%)

Participate as a Contributing Member of the Team (10%)

This position requires in-person work with staff and students at the Youth in Focus office. Current COVID-19 protocols require masks to be worn by staff and students, social distancing, and regular sanitizing of the office space. As our program returns to in-person (July 2021), there are some options for partial remote work moving forward.

The compensation is $21.63-$24.04 per hour, equivalent to $45,000–$50,000 annually when working 40 hours per week.

Youth in Focus offers the following benefits to full-time employees:
• $5,100 QSEHRA annual benefit to reimburse eligible health, dental, and vision insurance premiums and/or medical expenses.
• Opportunity to contribute to Simple IRA retirement plan with 2% employer match.
• Two weeks Paid-Time-Off first year; three weeks thereafter (accrual basis).
• Eleven paid holidays, plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and the week of Seattle Public School Spring Break (mid-April).
• 80 hours sick time per year.
• Secured, covered parking spot.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and answer the following two questions:
1) Why do you want this position?
2) How will your professional and/or lived experience contribute to Youth in Focus’ commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for youth furthest from education justice?

Submit your application in one single .pdf file to, with the email subject “Community Engagement Coordinator.” Please keep all identifying information (name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) to the first page.

The deadline for application is June 30, 2021 or until position is filled. We will contact you if you are invited to an initial conversation; we cannot commit to responding to inquiries regarding the status of your application.

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